An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

The more you reflect, the closer you get!

There are many “religious” books available in the spiritual supermarkets of the world. How many of them tell their readers or followers to ponder and reflect over their teachings?

Do you know that there are some wonderful religious books – so “wonderful” that you don’t need a brain to understand!

The Qur’an never makes its readers mentally-challenged! Alhamdulillaah.

The Qur’an is unique. It tells you to think. It makes you to think.  

The Qur’an is the only Scripture available on the face of earth today that emphatically calls for reading with understanding. Understanding with thought. Thought with wisdom. Wisdom with righteousness. Righteousness with Divine Guidance. Guidance leading to success: in this world and in the Hereafter.

The more you think over its verses, the more you get enlightened!

The more you reflect over its teachings, the closer you get to it.

You feel like reading more and more. Pondering over again and again.

Your mind feels delighted. Your soul gets cheerful. Your heart is softened.

Your eyes become wet upon recognizing the Truth.

You will not come across any Qur’an reader in the world who would say, ‘O My God! this book is so boring’!

No conflict between reason and understanding. No contradiction between chapters. No clash between knowledge and wisdom.

There are no philosophical nor illogical or irrational arguments in the Qur’an.

The Qur’an doesn’t contradict the established principles of Science.

It provides Crystal Clear Guidance to its readers.

So you don’t look like a confused guy after reading the glorious Qur’an!

Serenity pearls get scattered in the canvas of one’s mind and tranquility descends upon the reader’s heart.

The Qur’an which means The Reading is by itself a challenging miracle of the Qur’an.

History is witness that all those who utilized their brains have willfully and graciously submitted to the glory of the Qur’an.

A glimpse at the words used in the Qur’an with regard to knowing, understanding, contemplating, pondering over is sufficient for any discerning mind to conclude that the Qur’an is a highly motivating Book which challenges its readers to think and ponder over.

Verbs such as “To know, to recognise, to make known” come from the root ع ر ف. And the triliteral root ʿayn rā fā  occurs 70 times in the Quran, in eight derived forms:

  • 20 times as the form I verb ʿarafa (عَرَفَ)

  • twice as the form II verb ʿarrafa (عَرَّفَ)

  • twice as the form VI verb yataʿārafu (يَتَعَارَفُ)

  • three times as the form VIII verb iʿ’tarafu (ٱعْتَرَفُ)

  • twice as the noun aʿrāf (أَعْرَاف)

  • twice as the noun ʿur’f (عُرْف)

  • 38 times as the passive participle maʿrūf (مَّعْرُوف)

  • once as the passive participle maʿrūfat (مَّعْرُوفَة)

Verbs such as “To know, to learn, to teach” come from the root ع ل م. The triliteral root ʿayn lām mīm  occurs 854 times in the Quran in 14 derived forms:

  • 382 times as the form I verb ʿalima (عَلِمَ)

  • 41 times as the form II verb ʿallama (عَلَّمَ)

  • twice as the form V verb yataʿallamu (يَتَعَلَّمُ)

  • twice as the noun aʿlām (أَعْلَٰم)

  • 49 times as the nominal aʿlam (أَعْلَم)

  • four times as the nominal ʿallām (عَلَّٰم)

  • 105 times as the noun ʿil’m (عِلْم)

  • 163 times as the nominal ʿalīm (عَلِيم)

  • twice as the adjective maʿlūmāt (مَّعْلُومَٰت)

  • 18 times as the active participle ʿālim (عَٰلِم)

  • 11 times as the passive participle maʿlūm (مَّعْلُوم)

Verbs such as “To undertand, to reason, to use intellect” come from the root  ع ق ل. The triliteral root ʿayn qāf lām occurs 49 times in the Quran as the form I verb ʿaqalu (عَقَلُ).

Verbs such as “To ponder, to reflect, to give thought” come from the root  ف ك ر. The triliteral root fā kāf rā occurs 18 times in the Quran, in two derived forms:

  • once as the form II verb fakkara (فَكَّرَ)

  • 17 times as the form V verb yatafakkaru (يَتَفَكَّرُ)

A stronger verb ‘Yatadab’baru’ which means ‘to ponder’ occurs 4 times in the Qur’an.

There is so much for pondering and reflecting over the Qur’an. Subhanallaah!

The question is: Do you read the Qur’an with understanding? And do you ponder over the Qur’an?

“Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?” (Surah Muhammad 47: 24)

The Qur’an is the Book of Living for the alive!

May Allah give us the much needed knowledge and wisdom to apply our thought to understand the Qur’an and live by its Guidance. Aameen.

Jazakallaahu Khayra for reading this post.

PS: To find out the irony prevalent among Muslims, please read this post.

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  1. jazakALLAHU khair akhi.
    May ALLAH make us amongst those who truely ponder in Quran.
    If you don’t mind,i have a question.
    The ayaah of Surah An Noor , “الطيبت لطيبين…..” this ayaah just passed by my sight, although i had read it earlier, but a question rose in my mind. What is the deep meaning of “tayyab”, and khabees”, in arabic, not just the dictionary meaning, i need to know its deep meaning. ?
    If you can help.

    Comment by Banat-e-Hawwa | May 6, 2013 | Reply

  2. yes akhi i know the whole waqia e Ifk Alhumduliallah,, which took place on return from Ghzwa bni mustlaq. I had that in my syllabus. I have visited the links too.
    But what i want to ask is that there is a literary meaning, and there is a hidden deep meaning.
    As a scholar once said in his lecture that ALLAH calls dunya as Mata’ , and among badwi Arabs, they call that dirty old cloth as mata’ which is almost useless and is used to wash dirty utensils. So meaning that dunya is this much cheap in the sight of ALLAH, as that cloth is. So i just want to ask that deep kinda meaning. I know what it literary means but i want to know what else in depth does it means.
    Im sorry if thats a silly question..

    Comment by Banat-e-Hawwa | May 6, 2013 | Reply

    • Maulana Muhammad Shafi in his Tafseer Ma’aariful Qur’an adds some insights:

      Vile women are for vile men, and vile men are for vile women.
      And good women are for good men and good men are for good
      women. Those are free from what they (the accusers) say. For
      them there is forgiveness and a graceful provision – 24:26.

      It means that the vulgar women are suitable for vulgar men ‘and the vulgar men are suitable for vulgar women. And pure women are worthy for pure men and pure men are worthy for pure women.

      In this last verse the common principle is stated that Allah Ta’ala has created a connection between the people of the same nature. Thus, vulgar and unchaste women are inclined towards vulgar and unchaste men and vice versa. Similarly, pure and chaste women show inclination towards pure and decent men and vice versa. Therefore, every one tries to find the spouse according to one’s inclination and liking, and in a natural way one does find one to suit him or her.

      In the light of this norm and principle it is now quite clear that the messengers of Allah, who are the models of purity and chastity both outwardly and inwardly in this world, are granted spouses by Allah Ta’ala in accordance with their status. Hence, the Holy Prophet , who is the head of all messengers, was bestowed with spouses who were befitting to his position and status in purity, chastity and ethical excellence, and Sayyidah ‘Aishah (ra) is more prominent among them all. Only those can have any doubt or suspicion about her who do not have faith in the Holy Prophet himself. It is mentioned about the wife of Sayyidna Nuh and Sayyidna Lut (as) in the Qur’an that they were disbelievers, but it is also established that they were not involved in any obscenity or vulgarity. Sayyidna Ibn ‘Abbas (ra) said “Never did a wife of a messenger commit adultery”. It is,therefore, corroborated that it is possible that a messenger’s wife could be a disbeliever, but it is not possible that she could be vulgar and sexually immoral, because adultery is a natural detestable act in the eyes of people, whereas disbelief is not a natural detestable thing.”

      Please NOTE:
      I was hesitant to give my explanation.
      I will try my best Inshaa’Allah….give me some time

      Comment by MuQeet | May 6, 2013 | Reply

    • JazakALLAHU khair akhi, for such a detailed answer. Now again i ask , how is the word “tayyab”,deeply defined, n how “kabees” is defined? Thats what i want to know.
      Because have you not seen that many times it happens that some modest and good women gets a vile husband, or a vile women gets a pious husband.
      It does happen.Don’t you think? Thats why i thought to search that this ayah would surely have a another meaning too. As Quran is a sea of knowledge and single single letters of it define greatttt kinda depth. Thats why i don’t feel my stomach full with just a single meaning that is evident.
      I want detail of both words actually. I don’t know i am able to make you understand what i am searching or not.

      PS: Yes its okay, whenever its easy for you to answer, i will wait.
      jazakALLAHU khair, for your sincere concern akhi

      Comment by Banat-e-Hawwa | May 6, 2013 | Reply

      • Dear sister,
        I am sorry for not throwing more light on the subject.
        I read more tafaseer but almost all are discussing the same points mentioned in the above comments.
        I will try to dig more and inform you insha allah.

        Comment by MuQeet | May 10, 2013 | Reply

  3. JazakALLAH khair akhi for taking out time to search.
    If i want a deep meaning of both those words, should i consult some badavi arab? What do you say?

    Comment by Banat-e-Hawwa | May 10, 2013 | Reply

  4. It would be helpful if you had the meanings of all the different forms of the verbs/ nouns in the article. Perhaps they were left out intentionally so we would look them up. I do plan on doing so. Jazakallah for the informative article

    Comment by Shalla | July 2, 2014 | Reply

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